Home-Start Winchester & Districts

There for parents when they need us most, because childhood can't wait

Special Events


We offer all our families the opportunity to meet Father Christmas either face to face or virtually and he is able to give a lovely gift to every child thanks to the generosity of the parents, children and staff of Princes Mead school.

Some families are given hampers supplied by Storehouse at the Vineyard Church and St Peter’s Catholic Church. Other families receive gift vouchers supplied by the Mothers’ Union and other generous benefactors. 

We refer some Home-Start families to Winchester Churches Together Christmas Project who provide a substantial amount of money to help pay for Christmas.





Summer Family Fun Club

For the first time in 2020, we held a Summer Family Fun Club for our families. Three large marquees were erected on the meadow at Lanterns Nursery School and families were invited to attend four days of crafts and games. Due to the COVID pandemic, numbers had to be restricted so we divided the families onto two groups with one group attending the first week and the other the second week. These families were then put into ‘bubbles’ within the marquees to enable them to enjoy the activities safely. Healthy lunches were provided and fun was had by all!

This was successfully repeated in August 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

In each of the boxes below here is a frequently asked question, click on the title or the small plus symbol on the right of the box to expand it.

Q: I've been referred to Home-Start by my Health Visitor. What happens next?

A: We will make arrangements for our Coordinator to visit you to talk about what help you need and to see how Home-Start could help you.

Q: I'm worried about having a stranger visit to help me. What are the volunteers like?

A: We try very hard to have the ‘right’ volunteer for you. They are all friendly and caring people, selected for their warmth and understanding. We take up references and all our volunteers, trustees and staff are DBS checked. All volunteers attend a twenty five hour induction course – all to prepare them for meeting and helping you.

Q: What will the volunteer actually do?

A: The volunteer will visit each week for two hours and offer befriending, support and practical help. They will do whatever you find most helpful. e.g. help with appointments, shopping, trips to the park, parent and toddler group – or simply stay at home and spend time with you and the children – like a good friend would.

Q: What if I don't like my volunteer?

A: If you are ever unhappy with anything just call the Coordinator who will listen to your concerns and try to resolve the situation.

Q: What if I change my mind?

A: We will discuss the situation fully with you and your referrer but you can change your mind at any time.

Q: How long can I keep my volunteer?

A: There is no set time limit. The Coordinator will review the situation on a regular basis and when the time is right work towards an agreed ending with you.